One year ago, I had the opportunity to study abroad for the month of January in Ecuador and on the Galapagos Islands. It was a trip of a lifetime; I got to enjoy local cuisine, hike near volcanoes, explore the Amazon, observe Sally Lightfoot crabs in their natural habitat by the ocean, see Blue footed boobies, observe Galapagos tortoises, watch a sea lion give birth in the wild, snorkel, and so much more. The course objective was to investigate Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, which encompassed biology and philosophy in one packed month of learning. While my J-term thus far has been a winter wonderland with going back to my parent’s home in Iowa and visiting my grandparents in North Dakota, I was able to relive the warmth of the Islands through these photos. There’s a giant world out there waiting to be explored and I am slowly seeing more of it with my own eyes (and camera lens).
Santa Cruz Island.